Hundreds of thousands of hockey vans are expected to take to the streets of Boston on Saturday to celebrate their new NHL Stanley Cup victory, but police will be out in full force to keep things in line.
The Boston Bruins brought hockey's prized trophy back to Boston for the first time since 1972 with their 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday in the series-deciding seventh game.
But officials are hoping that the celebration doesn't go the way of Vancouver just days prior.
Canucks fans turned on the city, unleashing the worsts riots in the history of Vancouver.
Vancouver police estimate that the riots caused at least $1 million in property damage throughout the city.
In addition, Police Chief Jim Chu said nearly 100 arrests were made on Wednesday night and more could be on the way Thursday.
In an effort to curb off similar behavior, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis promised tight security and significant police presence.
(It's) not just having officers on the outside waiting for something to happen,
Davis said, but having officers in the crowd, being proactive.
Boston officials are well versed in crowd control. The area's four major professional sports franchises have won seven championships since 2002.
Bruins players and coaches will ride amphibious Duck Boats on a 2-mile route from their stadium to Copley Square in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood on Saturday.
Giant monitors have been set up on the historic Boston Common and on the Square so fans can watch the entire parade.